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NZ and the Philippines to work together on geothermal development - 06/06/2014

GNS Science and Philippine geothermal company Energy Development Corporation (EDC) have signed an agreement that will see the two organisations working together on geothermal developments in a number of countries.

The agreement signed in Manila this week will see GNS Science providing specialist services to a number of geothermal developments in the Philippines

The agreement signed in Manila this week will see GNS Science providing specialist services to a number of geothermal developments in the Philippines

The two organisations have worked closely under an existing agreement for the past two years with GNS Science providing specialist advice for Philippine geothermal developments at home and in South America.

The new agreement, announced in Manila this week during the visit of Trade Minister Tim Groser, extends the relationship for a further 12 months and expands the scope of the work to include not only Philippine steamfield development but also international geothermal developments where EDC has an interest, particularly in Peru, Chile, and Indonesia.

During the past two years GNS Science has provided technical advice, training, and expert reviews to EDC to increase the performance and value of geothermal developments in the Philippines.

EDC chief operating officer Richard Tantoco said GNS Science had helped improve the management of several geothermal fields and had initiated measures to reduce costs, complexity and risk.

"We have found the input of GNS Science extremely valuable. It has helped to reinforce and strengthen our confidence in our home-grown strategies and improve our processes and methods, potentially resulting in increased production and revenues," Mr Tantoco said.

Business Development Manager at GNS Science, Rob Johnston, said the services of GNS Science had given confidence to EDC shareholders that they were making the best use of their indigenous geothermal resources.

“EDC provides our staff with experiences that are not available in the New Zealand geothermal environment. Some of this new knowledge can then be applied at home to enhance New Zealand's energy production,” Mr Johnston said.

He added that the Philippines could look at the possibility of direct uses of geothermal heat rather than using electricity generated from a geothermal plant for drying produce such as fruit.

Collaboration between New Zealand and Philippine scientists over the past four decades has resulted in the Philippines being one of the top geothermal energy producers in the world.

Collaboration between New Zealand and Philippine scientists over the past four decades has resulted in the Philippines being one of the top geothermal energy producers in the world.

He cited industries in New Zealand such as pulp and paper, timber processing, horticulture, aquaculture, and tourism where direct use of geothermal heat was being used successfully.

GNS Science has undertaken geothermal energy consultancy work in the Philippines for more than a decade. It provides a full range of scientific services from field evaluation for prospective developments to operational improvements for existing fields.

It also provides analysis of geothermal fluids at its world-class laboratories in Wairakei and Lower Hutt.

Since the 1970s, the collaboration between New Zealand and Philippine specialists has resulted in the discovery and development of several major fields which have helped make the Philippines one of the world's top geothermal energy producers. EDC is one of the largest geothermal companies in the world with 1130MW of installed geothermal capacity.